Students bring home six Games medals

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Sydney University athletes came away from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with six medals, including three gold, two silver and a bronze.

Swimmer Matt Abood won gold with the men’s 4X100m freestyle relay, Matthew Mitcham won gold with Dominic Bedgood in the men’s synchronised 10m platform dive, and Angie Ballard won gold in the women’s 1500m wheelchair event.

Mitcham also won silver medals in the 1m springboard and the 3m synchronized platform, with Grant Nel, while Ed Jenkins and Greg Jeloudev won bronze medals with the Australian Sevens rugby team.

Mitcham and Jeloudev are on the Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness Elite Athlete Program (EAP), while Jenkins and Ballard are former EAP members.

Sydney University sporting clubs provided 20 athletes to the Australian team for the 20th Commonwealth Games, 12 of whom came from the Sydney University Athletics Club (SUAC). SUAC members included Josh Ralph, Anneliese Rubie, Jarrod Geddes, Ella Nelson, Ian Dewhurst, Angela Ballard, Jin Su Jung, James Nipperess, Emily Brichacek, Nick Hough and Michelle Jenneke. Lara Tamsett was pre-selected but was injured. Other Sydney University athletes on the Australian team were Matt Abood (swimming), Matthew Mitcham (diving), Kane Townsend (table tennis), Emily Esposito (pistol), Jaelle Cohen (rhythmic gymnastics), Jayden Lawrence (wrestling) and Ed Jenkins and Greg Jeloudev (rugby Sevens).

England topped the overall medal tally at the Glasgow Games with 174, including 58 gold, 59 silver and 57 bronze. Australia was second on the medal count with 137 (49 gold, 42 silver, 46 bronze), with Canada third with 82 medals (32 gold, 16 silver, 34 bronze).